Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, D-Portland, introduced the Child Care is Essential Act at the end of July to establish a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund to give grants to families and providers. It passed in the house and is stalled in the senate.
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Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said the Trump administration is trying to bully those who don't agree with his police tactics.
"Trump may admire dictators like Putin and Duterte, but there is no place for that behavior in Portland, in Oregon, or in the United States of America," said Merkley.
Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stopped in Washington County Saturday afternoon to thank firefighters for their efforts in battling the Chehalem Mountain Fire.
She met with crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and heard from firefighters about what they needed to finish putting out hotspots from the wildfire.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Beaverton, and the only woman in Oregon’s congressional delegation, issued a statement Friday evening:
Walden joined U.S. senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and fellow U.S representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici in a statement Wednesday morning announcing the disaster declaration.
FEMA quickly approved initial Emergency Declarations to provide federal funding to battle the fires.
“So many people have been evacuated or at risk of evacuation and so many towns have been destroyed,” said Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR). “It’s just absolutely devastating.”
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Beaverton, noted the approval in a tweet saying she appreciated it was done quickly “so we can promptly send more help where it is desperately needed.”
The signers include the Democrats on the delegration - U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and Representatives Peter DeFazio Earl Blumenauer Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici - Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican who represents Oregon's sprawling 2nd District.
They specifically asked FEMA to immediately offer help including paying for hotels or other shelter for people who lost their homes or are under evacuation orders.
Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, today announced that the White House has approved the state of Oregon’s request for an emergency declaration in response to unprecedented and dangerous wildfires that are blanketing the state.